Research Topics

  • Armor and soldier performance
  • Clothing modeling
  • Dynamic strength and failure
  • Gait
  • Human performance
  • Immersive virtual reality
  • Intuitive interfaces
  • Motion capture
  • Musculoskeletal modeling
  • Physiology
  • Posture and motion prediction
  • Predictive dynamics
  • Spine modeling
  • Standard ergonomic assessments
  • Whole-body vibration
  • Zone differentiation

The Virtual Soldier Research Program (VSR) conducts basic and applied research and development in the field of human modeling and simulation. Our research is aimed at creating interactive, intelligent, and predictive human models that operate in virtual, physics-based environments, including Santos, a physics-based human simulator that is used by the US military and industry partners. 


 

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Portrait of Karim Abdel-Malek

Karim Abdel-Malek, PhD

Director, Iowa Technology Institute
Director, Virtual Soldier Research Program
Professor, Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering

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Partnership Spotlight: Titus Human Performance

A relationship forged between University of Iowa Technology Institute (ITI) and Titus Human Performance at the 2019 Defense Strategies Institute’s Human Performance & Biosystems Summit in Washington D.C. quickly evolved into a productive public-private partnership leveraging each other’s capabilities to tackle projects neither could alone.
Sonalysts ITI

Iowa Technology Institute, Sonalysts partner to improve soldier performance

Sonalysts, Inc. is teamed with University of Iowa Technology Institute on an Army Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Contract to Address “Physical Monitoring Techniques to Improve Warfighter Performance.”  
Karim Abdel-Malek

Karim Abdel-Malek

Director, Virtual Soldier Research Program

Director, Iowa Technology Institute

Professor of biomedical, mechanical, and industrial engineering and applied mathematical and computational sciences

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  karim-abdel-malek@uiowa.edu